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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 9

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Iswari Espana

Training Officer
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing: District 9 residents are being displaced from their neighborhoods at a disproportionate rate. Thus, I will provide preventative measures to stop the displacement and create resources. My approach is to provide support to renters and propert
  • Crime: Gentrification is that #1 cause and force that drives this phenomenon. There is a direct correlate on between gentrification and the criminalization of the community. Most crimes in the city are of economic nature. Many members of the commun
  • Homelessness: Homeless are faced with the inability to produce right to work documentation, no current job history, no phone line, no mental health support, and a system that criminalizes their situation, which is inhumane and detrimental to their em



Profession:I am an Employment training Specialist/Training Officer with the City and County of San Francisco, Human Services Agency
Employment and Training Specialist/Training Officer, City and County Of San Francisco, Human Services Agency, Workforce Development Department (2003–current)


Iswari migrated to the United States from Guatemala City in 1987.  He attended Potrero Middle School and Galileo High School.  He is a proud San Francisco State University alumnus. He holds a BA in Political Science and BA in Latino/Latina Studies, with emphasis on Community Relations, Policy and Law. He has worked with the State of California, a Nonprofit youth advocacy and empowerment center, and the City and County of San Francisco, as a Coordinator, Manager, Director, and Educator.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

He is tired of same old politics… tired of business as usual.  He resides on 24th Street. He is raising a family in the Mission. He struggles with parking. He uses public transportation, hikes in Bernal Hills and he takes his son to Precita Park for walks or to the playground.  He is a local artist and a strong supporter of the community art and murals in the area. 


He is solution oriented and has experience leveraging services to create innovative solutions to community issues.  He is Bilingual in English and Spanish. He has been a notable advocate for youth and adults with physical disabilities. He has published several online articles on adults and youth dealing with political systems.


As a professional, he has over 16 years of experience in management and supervisory roles in non-profit and governmental programs, providing sustainable resources to transitional youth, adults and families. He is a self-starter with a background in community relations, employment, housing and Criminal Justice.


Growing up he had to deal with displacement, language barriers, racism, lack of economic and education, issues of rent control, and police profiling.  As an adult, he sees evictions, lack of job opportunities, lack of respect for neighborhood traditions and culture.  He worries for the future of our youth, elders, professionals and families that live in District 9.  

He is conscious of global and national issues.  However, his focus is where he lives, his district, and things that matter to folks here in the District.  He is tired of seeing other districts in the city dictating the local economy and the way we live.

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